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Riham Dawabshe dies, leaving one survivor of arson attack, Ahmad, 4

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Riham Dawabshe, 26, the mother of 18-month old Ali who was killed in the infamous settler arson attack on her home in a remote Palestinian village five weeks ago, died Sunday night from injuries sustained in the firebombing. Riham had third degree burns on 90-percent of her body, and has been in a coma and on a ventilator since the July 31st attack.

Hers is the third death in the attack: Riham’s husband Sa’ad, 32, died last month while being cared for in an Israeli hospital. 

The only survivor of the family, Ahmad, 4, has second degree burns on 60-percent of his skin and is improving. 

Saturday, while receiving treatment at Tel Hashomer hospital, the largest medical facility in the Middle East, an infection in grafted skin spread throughout Riham’s body. Her organs began shutting down, her brother-in-law Nasser Dawabshe told me, speaking over telephone from her bedside.“Only her heart was working,” Nasser said. Hospital staff then notified Riham’s family of her deteriorating condition, and assisted in arranging travel permits for the West Bank relatives into Israel.

Riham has already undergone several skin implant operations. Another grafting surgery was scheduled for Monday. 

Ahmad Dawabshe being treated in Israel's Tel Hashomer hospital, after sustaining injuries from a settler fire-bombing on his home in the West Bank village of Duma, outside of Nablus, on July 31, 2010. (Photo: Wattan TV)

Ahmad Dawabshe being treated in Israel’s Tel Hashomer hospital, after sustaining injuries from a settler fire-bombing on his home in the West Bank village of Duma, outside of Nablus, on July 31, 2010. (Photo: Wattan TV)

Riham Dawabshe hospitalized in Tel Hashomer hosptial in Israel, following a settler arson attack on her home in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, 2015.

Riham Dawabshe hospitalized in Tel Hashomer hosptial in Israel, following a settler arson attack on her home in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, 2015.

Speaking to Wattan TV, a Palestinian health official who visited Riham confirmed Saturday the injured Palestinian mother was experiencing hypertension and organ failure.

Back in Duma, the West Bank hamlet where the Dawabshe family lives friends and relatives had already gathered at the home of Riham’s mother over the weekend, in expectation of news that her daughter has passed.

Riham will be buried in Duma alongside her husband and youngest son.

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  1. amigo on September 7, 2015, 11:03 am

    Have the illegal settlements been rousted from their sleep at two in the morning by hundreds of IDF troops seeking the perpetrators.Have their beds been dumped all around the room and their furniture smashed and toilets soiled by the IDF.

    Has anyone been arrested and brought to court and charged .Has anyone,s house been demolished.Have their relatives been arrested and charged with collaboration.

    Oooop,s , sorry we are talking about Jews.They don,t do terrorism , right.

    All the BS spouted by netanyahu and co about bringing the perpetrators to account was /is propaganda and zionist lies.

    • weiss on September 8, 2015, 11:15 am

      My condolences to the victims of this brutal act of Jewish Terrorism.

      Meanwhile not a peep about this story on CNN (dual US-Israeli citizen Chief Wolf Blitzer) or the NYTimes – the Hasbara turf of the “Wicked Witch of the East” Jodi Rudoren.

  2. zaid on September 7, 2015, 1:13 pm

    I just checked the post about the mother death on Ynetnews facebook page , and this is some of the comments i found (Facebook Auto Translation) :

    Good riddance

    One less whore

    Too bad we wasted a lot of money treating her

    Now she wont give birth to terrorists

    A burned cockroach

    Good news we need more like this


    Didn’t she die before, was she resurrected, how many souls does she have

    It is better than letting them live and become terrorists

    I hope we hear good news like this every day

    Thank god I hope the father also dies and the nurses and the grandparents, uncles and the
    whole village . Amen

    What a great thing to hear, one less of them

    I think there are another kid hurt or something…..Lets wait

    Finally some good news

    Like Like Like Like

    And all those who said this are grownups and one of the nasty comments are by a policeman!!

    (Ynetnews is the online Israeli news website of Yedioth Ahronoth, Israel’s most-read newspaper).

    • annie on September 7, 2015, 1:57 pm

      if ever one wonders where to find the heart and soul of the israeli nation — the comment sections of the hebrew press is a great place to start. if you can stomach it that is.

      • zaid on September 7, 2015, 3:45 pm

        Right Annie

        and it is not even a rightwing page!!

        If anyone wants the link i will provide it.

        The comments are horrible and i dont recommend anyone reading them.
        you will have a heart attack and if you try to respond like i did you will be showered with racist and bigoted slurs.

        They are not a very nice people you know.

      • Walker on September 7, 2015, 4:25 pm

        I’m not a fan of Israel, but I think it’s tough to judge a place by the comments that appear on a news site.

      • ritzl on September 7, 2015, 5:08 pm

        Hey Annie, is there any way to tweet individual comments here?

        zaid’s is a perfect candidate.

      • echinococcus on September 7, 2015, 7:04 pm

        A random sample from the readers’ comments page of the most-read newspaper in the land is pretty representative. More than an election, because it comes commented and explained and revealing the people’s thoughts. The whole range of opinion won’t be there, of course, if you keep present that opinions contrary to these generally get censored, as well as the extreme (i.e. not-to-be-shown-to-Western-people-genocidal) ones on the Zionist side.

      • just on September 7, 2015, 7:13 pm

        And the very fact that they don’t moderate the filthy comments at all tells us all we need to know…

        It’s approved and expected.

      • RoHa on September 8, 2015, 7:10 am

        Annie,,I’m not sure that “heart and soul” is quite the appropriate phrasing here.

    • Kay24 on September 7, 2015, 6:38 pm

      It makes me wonder if nazis made comments like this too, while they were killing the poor Jewish people in Europe. There is a lot of similarities when it comes to the hatred for others part.
      The same viciousness and mean spiritedness. If there was social media at that time we would have known.

      These zionists were given a place to plant themselves, despite it being the home of indigenous people, they became parasites that not being satisfied with what they were given, wanted more.
      So they stole, built, attacked, blockaded, syphoned their water, burnt/stole their olive trees, destroyed their farms, and became the neighbors from hell, and yet they show this hatred for their victims. Hard to fathom such a vicious mentality.

      • Kris on September 7, 2015, 7:14 pm

        @Kay24: “Hard to fathom such a vicious mentality.”

        I just watched the documentary “Lesson Plan,” about The Third Wave, an experiment that high school teacher Ron Jones did at a Palo Alto high school in 1967 to help his students understand how easy it was for pre-WWII Germans to slide into facism.

        The novelized story of The Third Wave, “The Wave,” is required reading in German high schools, and is even, ironically, required in some Israeli schools.

        The documentary shows how easily people can be manipulated into fascism.

      • Mooser on September 7, 2015, 8:33 pm

        “The same viciousness and mean spiritedness. If there was social media at that time we would have known.”

        We do have the newspapers of the time, and as the war was ending, several top Nazis were captured with their diaries intact, and the voluminous internal papers of the Reich were also in large parts captured. They give us a pretty clear picture.

      • JLewisDickerson on September 7, 2015, 10:51 pm

        The Wave, 2008, NR, 107 mins
        Average of 233099 ratings: 4 stars (out of 5)
        To give his students a real-world example of how dictatorships can grow powerful, a high school teacher starts a social experiment that gives some of his students a strong advantage while leaving others subservient and powerless.
        NETFLIX DVD –
        Internet Movie Database (Rating: 7.6/10) –

      • JLewisDickerson on September 7, 2015, 11:42 pm

        RE: “We do have the newspapers of the time, and as the war was ending, several top Nazis were captured with their diaries intact, and the voluminous internal papers of the Reich were also in large parts captured. They give us a pretty clear picture.” ~ Mooser

        COMMENT/REPLY: Max Blumenthal recently referred on Thom Hartmann’s show to “The Dark Side of Democracy” by Michael Mann. I first read Mann’s “Fascists” on a tablet (Nexus 7) using the free Kindle Cloud trial*. Mann (as did Shirer**) refers quite heavily to the resources Mooser mentioned. I have “The Dark Side of Democracy” paperback, but I am just beginning to read it.

        “Fascists” 1st Edition
        by Michael Mann (Author)
        * Kindle Edition (7-day free trial available) –

        “The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing”
        by Mann, Michael

        ** P.S.
        “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich”, by William L. Shirer
        PDF –
        [I read this on a Kindle. The text was very small in the portrait mode, so I used the landscape mode despite it complicating the footnotes. A tablet might work best. Or converting it from PDF to MOBI.]

      • JLewisDickerson on September 10, 2015, 2:19 pm

        P.P.S. “Rape of the Mind – the Psychology of Thought Control” – by A.M. Meerloo MD
        KINDLE, PDF, ETC. –

        SINCE 1933, when a completely drugged and trial-conditioned human wreck confessed to having started the Reichstag fire in Berlin, Dr. Joost A. M. Meerloo has studied the methods by which systematic mental pressure brings people to abject submission, and by which totalitarians imprint their subjective “truth” on their victims’ minds. . .
        . . . It is Dr. Meerloo’s position that through pressure on the weak points in men’s makeup, totalitarian methods can turn anyone into a “traitor.” And in The Rape of the Mind he goes far beyond the direct military implications of mental torture to describing how our own culture unobtrusively shows symptoms of pressurizing people’s minds. He presents a systematic analysis of the methods of brainwashing and mental torture and coercion, and shows how totalitarian strategy, with its use of mass psychology, leads to systematized “rape of the mind.” He describes the new age of cold war with its mental terror, verbocracy, and semantic fog, the use of fear as a tool of mass submission and the problem of treason and loyalty, so loaded with dangerous confusion. The Rape of the Mind is written for the interested layman, not only for experts and scientists.
        SOURCE –

    • Kathleen on September 7, 2015, 11:04 pm

      Wretched humans. This is the hate filled attitude and actions that Palestinians deal with every day. Sickening that any newspaper would allow this kind of hatred to even appear. May they suffer consequences for this kind of hate

      • talknic on September 7, 2015, 11:31 pm

        “Sickening that any newspaper would allow this kind of hatred to even appear”

        Sickening yes. Best use them as examples of the vile inhumane and twisted mindset attracted to defending Israeli crimes. Quote them next opportunity and ask who dares come to their defense.

      • echinococcus on September 8, 2015, 2:01 am

        “Sickening”? No, because it’s all relative.
        When a newspaper gets something it knows to be the commonly held opinion, it is just normal. What’s a problem and may get censored is any opinion in a minority. See, posts to, say the New York Post that say “America is #1 in living standards and everybody wants to come here” are the majority opinion, as grievously wrong as they are. A post with the message that we are among the absolute worst industrialized countries in this regard is to be considered offensive because in the minority.
        So whatever is in these posts seems to be shared majority opinion.

      • Kay24 on September 8, 2015, 6:44 am

        If this was a non Israeli newspaper with the same vicious comments against Israel/Jews, the usual howls of outrage would be loud and that newspaper would be made to apologize immediately….it happened when there was a cartoon of a man with a remote watching the massacre in Gaza, in an Australian publication. It seems Israelis are entitled to say and do whatever. They can even get away with murder.

  3. italian ex-pat on September 7, 2015, 3:18 pm

    How do we get the American/international public to read these comments from Israelis, is there a conspiracy to hide their true ugly nature from the world?

    I’m not surprised to hear that Riham has succumbed to her fatal burns, from what I had read she was even more horribly burnt than her husband. Imagine, a month in agony from burns over 90% of her body, I hope that she was at least spared the knowledge that her baby and then her husband had died.

    On a different note, why are the media not even mentioning the fact that hundreds of thousands Syrian refugees are forced to make a long and dangerous journey to find asylum in Europe, when they could easily walk the few miles into Israel – that is, if the Israeli government were willing to grant even a small number of them asylum, which they obviously have no intention to do. Shame on Israel – they sure know how to point fingers at the world for not taking in the Jews trying to escape the Nazis during WW II. And shame on the media for not calling them out on this.

    • echinococcus on September 7, 2015, 7:07 pm

      Syrians refugees in the Zionist entity? Chased from home to become the lowest of the non-Herrenvolk helot category? Refugees like the black people that are waiting for their inevitable next pogrom? Not such a good idea, really.

  4. jon s on September 7, 2015, 4:27 pm

    Ynet has an English language page.
    Here are the report and the comments:,7340,L-4698297,00.html

    • Mooser on September 7, 2015, 4:49 pm

      Ynet has an English language page! And oh, the work it takes to translate all those Hebrew comments into English. They must have several people on comment-translating, full time.
      So informative reading the English Ynet pages, and knowing just what people in Israel say.

      Oh, BTW, “Jon s” I was very perturbed the other day when I read that Israel is arresting teachers who don’t hew to the official doctrine and covenants. Perturbed, yes, but relieved to know that you are in no danger, and have never been in danger, and will never be in danger of incarceration, no matter what the official line is.

    • echinococcus on September 7, 2015, 7:44 pm

      YNet of course has an English language page but we are not interested. The English page will only carry what the Zionist criminals will want a Western audience to know.

    • talknic on September 7, 2015, 11:39 pm

      Thanks jon s!

      You’ve shown that the trope of Arab news outlets having one version for English readers and another for Arabic is equally applicable if not more so to the Israeli MSM.

      Like all Hasbara, turn it upside down and/or inside out and you’re more likely to be looking at the truth

      Aside from uncorroborated Camera/Memri/PMW translation, can you show me the same type of expletive filled hateful comments in the Arabic MSM … thx … I’ll wait

  5. zaid on September 7, 2015, 5:00 pm

    Jon s
    I was talking about the Hebrew Facebook page of ynetnews
    Next time read before you open your mouth
    I will post the link

    • jon s on September 8, 2015, 2:15 am

      I understood what you were referring to and I added the English page.
      Thank you for providing a link to the Hebrew FB page. Aside from the racist and nauseating comments, and the conspiracy theories, it also shows how horrified and saddened so many Israelis are by this crime.
      Thanks for providing some balance.
      My heart goes out to 4-year old Ahmad, still in serious condition. We’re hoping and praying for him.

      • Mooser on September 8, 2015, 1:04 pm

        “We’re hoping and praying for him.”

        Then turn in the people who did it. That “administrative revenge” is in somebody’s handwriting for one thing. And please don’t tell me the perps aren’t out there bragging about it. Turn ’em in, “Jons”

        Oh, wait, I forgot, whoever did this is pursuing your interests. So they would be heroes to you, somebody to be harbored, not, God forbid, snitched on.

        You are “hoping and praying” (give that man a free latte, if he has $3.95) while the murderers are out there and being harbored by the settler community.(I think a group of people all engaged in the same illegal activity to the same end can be called a “community”, don’t you?) And even more confident in their impunity. Why don’t you, “Jon s” drop a shekel on them?

      • DavidDaoud on September 8, 2015, 1:07 pm

        Jon, praying?
        Are you really, or is that just something to say?

      • Mooser on September 8, 2015, 1:15 pm

        ” Aside from the racist and nauseating comments”

        Oh heck, “Jon s” I can find those at Mondoweiss:

        Sorry, Colin, it is our land, our historic homeland. Jews in Israel are not invaders or foreigners .”

        “If you don’t know where your ancestors came from, but the Jews have preserved their identity and their connection to their historic homeland – that sort of proves my point.”

        “By and large, we think of this of this land as our historic homeland , not land we “stole”. (The Whites who emigrated to SouthAfrica weren’t reconnecting to their historic homeland)”

        “Israel is the historic homeland of the Jewish people and the connection is certainly ” tangible”. – See more at:

        “Eljay, Israel is the historic homeland of the Jews, it’s part of the “Jewish DNA”,” – See more at:

        The racism is, of course, implicit, but the emetic value is unquestionably immense.

      • zaid on September 8, 2015, 2:13 pm

        nah………unfortunately not so many .

        speaking of Hate:
        President Rivlin: Time to admit that Israel is a sick society that needs treatment

      • Mooser on September 8, 2015, 2:42 pm

        “If you don’t know where your ancestors came from…”

        “Jon s” I’m pretty sure this commenting system will allow you to use your heraldic coat-of-arms as your avatar, you can let those no-breeding upstarts know just who they are dealing with.

  6. zaid on September 7, 2015, 5:42 pm

    most recent 4 comments:

    They said it was an electrical… What we call.
    Work Arabic lol
    So keep being left-wingers and accuse us.

    Finally some good news

    Interesting to me.

    Has been established that Arabs lit the house.. So why keep calling it a terrorist attack.. It’s murder a virgin the dirt of internal conflict.. What is not clear!!!!
    Yet the whole of this family I don’t give a shit… I wish you were doing such headlines on all Jewish kids killed in bombings…

  7. Kathleen on September 7, 2015, 11:07 pm

    Tears, could barely catch my breath. How common is it to have infections in skin grafts?

    That little child who survived. Painful to think about children without their parents and siblings.

    Allison will you be writing soon about BB’s claim that those responsible will be held accountable.

    • just on September 7, 2015, 11:43 pm

      Unfortunately, it’s very common, Kathleen. The extent and degree of her burns made her critically at risk for infection/sepsis as well as a entire constellation of other critical/life- threatening complications.

      This link may prove helpful to you if you want to have a look :

      I was amazed by her strength.

      May they RIP together now.

    • oldgeezer on September 8, 2015, 12:16 am

      Yes… what just said.

      Hospitals are one of the worst places to be in many situations. Infections are frequent and common. Antibiotics are no longer sufficient. I’ve lost two people over the last three years due to this. The only thing worse than being in a hospital with the exposure to it’s plethora of virii and bacteria is not being on hospital when you need the services.

      Truly a sad death/ Truly a sordid attack.

      The surviving family will never see justice. The racist scum governing the country openly discuss and debate far worse crimes against millions of people while our governments look the other way.

      If there is a Chamberlain moment it is in allowing Israel to continue it’s illegal and immoral activities.

      • RoHa on September 8, 2015, 12:23 am

        “Hospitals are one of the worst places to be in many situations.”

        That’s because they are full of sick people. If they didn’t keep letting those germ-bags in, hospitals would be much healthier places.

      • RoHa on September 8, 2015, 6:57 am

        Mod, please don’t publish previous post. I made the quip before reading the rest of the page it would appear on. It would be bad taste for this page.

  8. NickJOCW on September 8, 2015, 8:49 am

    Netanyahu is due in London tomorrow. I imagine he will face a good deal of evidence of what the UK citizenry think of him and his thugs Let’s hope it hits the media everywhere.

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